The move means that even if local police step up immigration checks, they'll have to rely on federal officials to make the arrests.
But federal officials made clear that ICE would be selective in responding to the expected increase in calls from Arizona and other police agencies about immigration status. Officials said ICE will not respond to the scene unless the person in question meets certain criteria -- such as being wanted for a felony.
Even as Brewer sounded an optimistic note Monday, all these factors led some GOP officials to question the future of state-led efforts to tackle illegal immigration.
"We've lost the ability for states to take problems that they themselves are facing and do something about it," said Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, who represents one of several states that implemented their own Arizona-style law.
According to the newspaper report, ATF agents also befriended
mentally disabled people to spread the word about the gun buyback
programs and manipulate them to help during stings.
"In Wichita, Kan., ATF agents referred to a man with a low IQ as
'slow-headed' before deciding to secretly use him as a key cog in their
sting," the paper reported. "Agents in Albuquerque, N.M., gave a
brain-damaged drug addict with little knowledge of weapons a 'tutorial'
on machine guns, hoping he could find them one." Other questionable
activity was reported in Atlanta, Ga.
Border Patrol agents, who have since been issued gag orders, were overheard at Terry’s funeral discussing the third gun.
“The idea that the border patrol agents were issued gag orders and not allowed to talk about this is very telling,” Pavlich said in an interview with the Free Beacon.
An email sent less than 12 hours after Terry’s death also mentioned the weapon.
Finally, an audio recording of a discussion between Andre Howard, owner of Lone Wolf Trading Company, and ATF agent Hope MacAllister also references a third gun.
The investigation of Fast and Furious revealed that at least six FBI informants were involved in the operation, as well as an unknown number of DEA informants. Pavlich claims in her book that a confidential source told her the FBI hid the third gun from evidence because it was linked to a confidential informant or the brother of the informant.
“The reason they’re covering up the third gun is because it could lead to the confidential informant,” Pavlich said. “They’re protecting him at the cost of justice to Brian Terry and his family. I am not an expert on what confidential informants are allowed to get away with, but I guarantee they’re not allowed to kill federal agents.”
The 32-year-old Zapata and fellow ICE agent Victor Avila, who was wounded, were attacked on Feb. 15, 2011, by gunmen working for the Los Zetas drug cartel while driving from Mexico City to the northern city of Monterrey.
The two agents, who were assigned to the ICE attache office in Mexico City, were driving an armored vehicle when they were attacked in San Luis Potosi
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